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Critical Success Factor 8 (2nd_ed)

Critical Success Factor 8 (2nd_ed)

(8) USER-FRIENDLINESS OF INSTITUTION

(8A) TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS TO AND FROM THE INSTITUTION MEASURE
The extent to which the criteria stipulated in the 'Policy and Procedures for Transferability of Credits' document, as stated below, are achieved by the institution.

POLICY AND PROCEDURES FOR TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS CRITERIA

The user-friendliness of an institution, as represented by transferability of academic credits, will be measured as follows:

I. Two-year regional campuses of the University of South Carolina and technical colleges will:

a. offer (advertise with the intention to teach) all course work contained on all statewide transfer blocks at least once per academic year.

b. eliminate all challenges of course work regarding effective preparation of students by accepting institutions.

II. Four-year institutions will:

a) accept all course work on statewide transfer blocks toward baccalaureate degrees.

b) report to the technical colleges and the two-year branch campuses of USC using established mechanisms data on the academic performance of transfer students on an annual basis.

c) eliminate all additional fees or encumbrances such as validation examinations, 'placement examinations/instruments,' or policies, procedures, or regulations that have artificially retarded transfer of course work.

III. All two-year and four-year institutions will:

a) comply with the statewide articulation agreement.

b) update transfer guides (both hard copy and website) by September 1 each year.

c) use SPEEDE/ExPRESS electronic transcript standard in all admission and registration activities. To be implemented by January 1, 1999.

DEFINITIONS / EXPLANATORY NOTES

Institutions, depending of their approved mission statement, will respond to item 1 or 2 of the policy, plus item 3 of the policy.

Transfer student refers to a 'full-time, degree-seeking student entering an institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a post-secondary institution at the same level (i.e., undergraduate)'. [Definition source is IPEDS.] Major Data Source: Institution report to CHE.

Applicable to: All Four Sectors

Type Indicator: Benchmarked

Expected Trend: Upward

Sector Benchmark: 100%, All Sectors

(8B) CONTINUING EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR GRADUATES AND OTHERS MEASURE

Number of non-credit continuing education units (CEU's) produced annually.

Institutions generating 'less than 1,000' total CEU's are exempt from measurement. DEFINITIONS / EXPLANATORY NOTES CEU is defined as a continuing education unit.

One CEU is normally defined as '10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.' Normally CEU's do not count as regular academic credit at an institution of higher education.

For the Technical Education System, this measure is limited to Occupational Education classifications as defined by the State Board for Technical and Comprehensive Education.

 

Major Data Source: Annual report to the Commission on Higher Education.

All institutions will report all CEU's generated by semester for the academic year of interest.

Applicable To: All institutions producing 1,000 or more CEU's annually

Type Indicator: Benchmarked

Expected Trend: Upward

Sector Benchmark: None established

(8C) ACCESSIBILITY TO THE INSTITUTION OF ALL CITIZENS OF THE STATE MEASURE

A four part measure which includes:

1) The percent of undergraduate headcount students who are citizens of South Carolina who are other race according to federal reporting definitions and are enrolled at an institution.

2) The annual retention rate of other-race undergraduate students as defined in Part 1 of this measure.

3) The percent of headcount graduate students enrolled at an institution who are other race according to federal reporting definitions.

4) The percent of headcount teaching faculty who are other-race.

DEFINITIONS / EXPLANATORY NOTES 'Other race' is defined as African-American and other minority racial categories as defined according to federal reporting requirements.

All percentages calculated for Parts 1-4 are based on headcount.

For Part 2, the retention rate, the following shall be used as the computation formula by CHEMIS: a = cohort definition of all degree seeking other-race undergraduate student enrolled in fall semester.

b = the other race within the cohort students retained in the following fall.

c = the other race students who graduated in the academic year of the cohort.

b + c divided by a (This figure shall be an unduplicated headcount.)

The same formula would also be used for non-other-race students for comparison purposes.

Major Data Source: CHEMIS Data for Fall Enrollment

Applicable to: All Sectors

Type Indicator: Benchmarked Expected Trend: On All Parts Upward. On Parts 1 and 2 upward until following levels are reached or exceeded:

Part 1 - Other race percentage equals or exceeds service area (the state percentage for research and teaching universities and the specific service area for the regional campuses and technical colleges.) Part 2 - The annual other-race retention rate equals or exceeds the non-other-race retention rate.

Sector Benchmark: None established. See expected trend above.

NOTES:

This measure was substantially revised effective with the 1999-2000 Performance Year. Historical Data collected for this indicator up to the 1998-99 Performance Year is therefore not comparable. Where possible, comparable historical data for Parts 1-4 will be computed by CHE.

Revisions to the measure added new parts related to graduate enrollments and faculty (Part 3 and 4) to address areas of concern in terms of access. Additionally, the measure was revised to focus on in-state residents (as domiciled in South Carolina and not for 'fee-purposes' as with Indicator 6D) in keeping with the phrasing in the legislation, which specifically refers to 'citizens of the state.' Finally, the measure was revised to include minorities other than African-American to be consistent with federal reporting requirements. Previously, only African-American enrollment was considered.